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    In this article, we take a look at some excellent resources for breeds and breed health available from IPFD and our Partner organizations, including:


    Agria Animal Insurance

    American Kennel Club

    Canadian Kennel Club

    Finnish Kennel Club

    German Kennel Club

    Irish Kennel Club

    The Kennel Club

    Swedish Kennel Club

    Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

    Wisdom Health

    International Partnership for Dogs/


    This resource is continually under construction - we will be adding more links and more Partner information as available

    Note: The layout/content of these sites is subject to change without notice.




    Agria Animal Insurance




    The Agria Djurförsäkring (Agria Animal Insurance) Agria Dog Breed Profiles provide comprehensive statistics on health and disease in dogs, based on 200,000 Swedish dogs each year between 1995 and 2002. Data is organized by year, by age, by gender, survival statistics and more for each breed - and for all breeds combined. Links to data for selected breeds are available in our Pedigreed Breeds database.



    American Kennel Club


    The American Kennel Club offers an extensive database of all American Kennel Club dog breeds. (The AKC was an Initiating Partner of the IPFD (2015-2017), and is now a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.)



    You can select a letter of the alphabet to view all AKC-recognized breeds beginning with that letter. Click on a breed to view an extensive collection of breed resources, which include:

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    • AKC PuppyFinder
    • Features
    • Care
    • History
    • Did You Know?
    • Breed Standard
    • Other Breeds to Explore








    Canadian Kennel Club




    The Canadian Kennel Club offers a very easy-to use database of dog breeds and a tool for locating purebred puppies from CKC members.




    Choosing a Breed

    CKC Breed Search.pngYou can search breeds categorized by Breed Group (Herding Dogs, Hounds, Terriers, etc.) or All Dogs. Each category offers a preview of each breed with the breed name, a photo, and brief description.

    Each breed listing includes detailed information under the following headings:

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    • Temperament
    • Activity Level
    •  Height/Weight
    • Coat
    • Colour
    • Grooming
    • Breed Standard




    CKC Puppy Search.pngThe CKC’s Puppy List features a searchable database that includes purebred puppies from CKC Member Breeders. The search results can be filtered in tabs with  by criteria including:

    • Closest
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    • By Province
    • National Club









    Finnish Kennel Club




    Suomen Kennelliitto (Finnish Kennel Club, in English) has an extensive collection of breed-specific information in its Dog Breeds Database, KoiraNet.






    You can select a breed from the database in two ways:

    1. Use the drop-down menus to select FCI Group and Breed

    2. Type the breed name into the Quick Search box; there are options for “Advanced Search” and “Search Finnish Dogs Only” to help refine your search.



    Once you select a breed, information is presented in the two sections outlined below.


    In the blue box, you can click on breed-specific links to the following:

    • Latest: Litters, Trials, Results, Shows, Health, Champions, Imports
    • Statistics: Result Statistics, Show Statistics, Health Statistics, Breeding Statistics
    • Other Breed Related: Breeders, Listings, Event Search, Settings
    • General: Kennel Names, Registrations


    Under Information on the Breed, you will find the following information:

    • Breed
    • Latest Litter
    • Latest Result
    • Latest Show
    • Total Number of Registrations
    • Registrations [year]
    • Breed Standard
    • Breeding Strategy of the Breed
    • Breed Association
    • Puppy Referral of the Breed



    German Kennel Club



    VDH - Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club in English) – offers an excellent collection of breed profiles.




    VDH’s “Rasselexikon” (“Breedopedia” in English) provides detailed descriptions and other useful resources for 343 dog breeds.

    The information is displayed in German by default, but your browser (Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) should be able to translate the text to English by right-clicking on the page and selecting the translation option from the menu.


     Translate_to_English_Chrome.thumb.png.6aFirefox users can find a handy translation add-on available here.



    The Breedopedia is easy to navigate. You can browse by page, type in a breed name, search by the first letter of the breed name (in German), or use a drop-down menu on the page for each letter to quickly locate the desired breed (instead of scrolling down the page or through multiple pages of results). 

    When you select a breed, you find several tabs at the top of the profile – or buttons to the right (depending on the page you’re on) – including:


    • Country of Origin; Standard Number; Height; Weight; Use; FCI Group, etc.
    • Description - General Appearance/Behaviour (based on FCI description); History
    • Coat
    • Breed images and video clips (video available for some breeds)
    • FCI Breed Standard:
    • PDF file of FCI Breed Standard (where applicable)


    Clubs & Breeder:

    • Lists of associations, breed clubs and breeders for the selected breed


    Breeders with Puppies:

    • List of breeders with puppies available




    Irish Kennel Club


    The Irish Kennel Club's Breeds section area features a large collection of detailed profiles for dog breeds recognized by the IKC.






    The main Breeds page allows you to select breeds by name from an alphabetical list; you can also select a letter to narrow your search to breeds beginning with that letter. There is also a link to a searchable database of Irish breed clubs on the page.




    Each breed profile features an image of the breed and information organized under the following headings:

    • Breed Group
    • Vulnerable Native Breed
    • Size
    • How much exercise?
    • Length of coat
    • How much grooming?
    • Supposedly sheds?
    • Town or Country
    • Type of home
    • Minimum Garden Size
    • Lifespan


    You can click on the More Information About This Breed heading to reveal additional headings (click on each heading in the section to view details):

    • Origin
    • Date of Publication of the Official Valid Standard
    • Utilisation
    • F.C.I. Classification
    • General Appearance
    • Important Proportions
    • Behaviour/Temperament
    • Head
    • Neck
    • Body
    • Tail
    • Limbs
    • Gait/Movement
    • Coat
    • Size
    • Faults
    • Disqualifying Faults
    • N.B.



    Native Irish Breeds



    The IKC website also features profiles for the nine native Irish dogs all in one place in its Native Breeds of Ireland section.









    The Kennel Club

    The Kennel Club’s Breeds A-Z  is a comprehensive resource for finding out about individual breeds. Also see Breed-specific health testing requirements for all breeds


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    On the main Breeds A-Z page, you can use the search box to locate information on a specific breed, or you can select the breed in the Full Breed List section further down the page. uk-kc-breed-page-2020.jpg




    Once you select a breed, you are taken to a Description page that has a general description of the breed, Breed Watch information, the breed standard... size, exercise requirements, grooming requirements, coat, ideal environment and more. 


    The Display:

    • Drop down sections provide Health Information; Breeding Restrictions; Assured Breeders; Breed Standard; Accepted Registration Colours; Pictures; and Breed Watch (points of concern identified for special attention by judges).







    Swedish Kennel Club


    The Swedish Kennel Club's Breeds section features profiles of all breeds found in Sweden and registered in the Swedish Kennel Club.






    The information is displayed in Swedish by default, but your browser (Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) should be able to translate the text to English by right-clicking on the page and selecting the translation option from the menu.

     Translate_to_English_Chrome.thumb.png.6aFirefox users can find a handy translation add-on available here.

    The database is searchable by drop-down menus for Group, Alphabetic Order (names in Swedish), and by Swedish Breeds. You can also select a group by clicking on one of the breed illustrations/titles on the page.

    Each breed profile includes a breed illustration and information organized under the following headings:

    • History
    • Application Area
    • Health
    • Properties/Mentality
    • Size and Appearance
    • Grooming
    • Other

    Links to other breed-specific pages and documents, such as breed standards and RAS documents are also provided.



    The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)




    The OFA was an Initiating Partner of the IPFD, and is now a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.

    OFA's mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. The OFA is guided by specific objectives: to collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals; to advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases; to encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals; to receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.

    The health data and disease informational articles available on OFA's website may be utilized by cynological organizations and kennel clubs to enhance understanding of purebred breed's health statuses over time thereby allowing for effective development, design and execution of educational programs which help define best practices for keeping and breeding dogs. Further OFA's website serves as a research aid to the public and dog breeders who are concerned with making well informed purchase and breeding decisions.

    Services provided, which were initially  focused on conducting orthopedic evaluations (Hips), have grown to include coverage of Non-DNA and DNA tests for other diseases and conditions.

    OFA's databases are searchable by breed

    Also see the advanced search

    Screening: If you would like to learn which genetic diseases and/or conditions a breed should be screened for.

    Please note, "all dogs that have had an OFA screening test with normal results since 1974 are in the searchable online database. Dogs with abnormal results are in the searchable online database if the owner authorized disclosure. If a dog is not listed in the database, it is fair to assume that the dog has not been screened for genetic disease by the OFA, or had abnormal results."

    The OFA's Breeders Guide provides suggestions for developing a sound strategy for managing a breeding program focused of minimizing heritable diseases/health conditions which can impact the length and quality of dog's lives.


    OFA Health Surveys data is available for participating breeds:


    Affiliations: The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating AKC parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.



    Wisdom Health



    The Wisdom Health (Mars Veterinary, Inc.) site offers extensive breed resources.




    Explore Breeds includes breed information

    • Breed Library - An extensive library of more than 350 breeds, types and varieties
    • Read About Traits - DNA tests will help you understand where a dog's physical traits come from.






    International Partnership For Dogs/



    In 2020 new features, design and content have been added to DogwellNet!



    dwn breed db capture.pngDogWellNet Pedigreed Dogs Database

    Be sure to visit our Pedigreed Breeds Database for breed-by-breed presentation of in-depth information being compiled from a broad variety of sources.


    hgtdsearchboxes.pngHarmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) Database

    The goal of the HGTD is to improve standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support health improvements and a sustainable future for healthy dogs. It is a portal for information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs); genetic tests, and tests by breed. There are two major components: the Quality Testing Database and Genetic Counselling resources. Information pertaining to genetic testing including genetic terms, FAQ's, accreditation, guidelines, standards and more is available HERE.


    Breed Names/Registry Info - Multiple Languages

    Click here to download a handy file with breed names from various languages and registries (including English, Swedish, German, French and Spanish; FCI names).









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